Doncaster RL Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
Following Sunday’s fantastic opening day victory over Whitehaven, the Cougars hit the road for the first time in 2014 when they travel to Doncaster for a Yorkshire Derby.
Tries from Sean Hesketh, Scott Law, Paul March, Elliot Cosgrove, Josh Lynam & Paul White as well as six conversions from the boot of Paul Handforth secured the victory.
The dominant performance by the Cougars makes the job for those outside the seventeen to get in that little bit harder, especially with a fully fit first team squad.
That means for the returning Danny Jones (Illness), Ashley Lindsay (Shoulder) and Lewis Graham (Hand), a place straight back into the squad is not guaranteed.
But as Elliot Cosgrove has said, the squad are all aiming for the same target: “Before the season started we targeted our first six games. We’ll be looking to put a similar performance in at Doncaster.”
Doncaster, like Cougars, started the new campaign with a victory against Cumbrian opposition following a 22-12 triumph away at Workington Town.
Doncaster prop Mark Castle told the Dons website: “This Sunday will be equally tough. Keighley are a good side who also got a good win last Sunday but hopefully we can build on what we produced up at Workington and give another solid performance to back it up.”
Paul Cooke has the Hull FC dual registration quartet of Joe Arundel, Liam Pitts, Dean Hadley and Bobby Tyson-Wilson to call upon once again and like fellow Player-Coach March is not expected to make changes to the seventeen.
So, this round two tie is poised nicely at the Keepmoat and with both sides aiming for another three points in order to make the nine it is the second of twenty six important games.